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Sir Donald Bradman Bio, Biography, Cause of Death, Children, Net Worth, Google Doodle, Career, Wife (Jessie Martha Menzies)

27 August 2018, Google celebrates Sir Donald Bradman, A hero to Australian cricket fans, on what would have been his 110th Birthday with a Doodle

Sir Donald Bradman Bio

Sir Donald George Bradman was born on 27 August 1908 and died on 25 February 2001. He was often referred to as “The Don,” was an Australian international cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. Bradman’s career Test batting average of 99.94 has been cited as the most significant achievement by any sportsman in any major sport.

Personal information

Full name Donald George Bradman
Born 27 August 1908 Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia
Died  25 February 2001, Kensington Park, Australia
Cause of Death Pneumonia
Wife Jessie Martha Menzies (m. 1932–1997)
Children
  • John Bradman – Son
  • Shirley Bradman – Daughter
Net Worth  $70 Million at the time of his death
Nickname The Don, The Boy from Bowral, Braddles, the White Headley
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm leg break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
  • Australia
Test debut (cap 124) 30 November 1928 v England
Last Test 18 August 1948 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1927–34 New South Wales
1935–49 South Australia

Career statistics

Competition Test First Class Cricket
Matches 52 234
Runs scored 6,996 28,067
Batting average 99.94 95.14
100s/50s 29/13 117/69
Top score 334 452*
Balls bowled 160 2114
Wickets 2 36
Bowling average 36.00 37.97
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/8 3/35
Catches/stumpings 32/– 131/1

Sir Donald Bradman Google Doodle

On 27 August 2018, Google celebrates Sir Donald Bradman, A hero to Australian cricket fans, on what would have been his 110th Birthday with a Doodle. Happy Birthday Sir Donald!

 

 

Sir-Donald George the don bradmans 110th birthday. Image Coutesy of Google Doodle
Sir-Donald George the don bradmans 110th birthday. Image Coutesy of Google Doodle

Sir Donald Bradman Biography

Sir Donald Bradman was born on 27 August 1908 in Cootamundra, Australia. The young Bradman practised alone with a cricket stump and a golf ball which is still part of Australian folklore. Bradman’s meteoric rise from bush cricket to the Australian Test team took just over two years. Before he attained 22 years, he had set many records for top scoring, some of which still stand, and became Australia’s sporting idol at the height of the Great Depression.

During Bradman’s 20-year playing career, Bradman consistently scored at a level that made him, in the words of former Australia captain Bill Woodfull, “worth three batsmen to Australia”. A controversial set of tactics, known as Bodyline, was specifically devised by the England team to curb his scoring. Representing his country as the captain and administrator, Bradman was committed to attacking, entertaining cricket; he drew spectators in record numbers. He hated the constant praise, however, and it affected how he dealt with others. The focus of attention on his performances strained relationships with some teammates, administrators and journalists, who thought him aloof and wary. Following an enforced hiatus due to the Second World War, he made a dramatic comeback, captaining an Australian team known as “The Invincibles” on a record-breaking unbeaten tour of England.

A complex, highly driven man, not given to close personal relationships, Bradman retained a pre-eminent position in the game by acting as an administrator, selector and writer for three decades following his retirement. Even after he became reclusive in his declining years his opinion was highly sought, and his status as a national icon was still recognised. More than 50 years after his retirement as a Test player, in 2001, Prime Minister John Howard of Australia called him the “greatest living Australian”. Bradman’s image has appeared on postage stamps and coins, and a museum dedicated to his life was opened while he was still living. On the anniversary of his birth, 27 August 2008, the Royal Australian Mint issued a $5 commemorative gold coin with Bradman’s image. In 2009, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Sir Donald Bradman Death and Cause

After his wife, Jessie Martha Menzies, died in 1997, Bradman suffered “a discernible and not unexpected wilting of spirit”. The next year, on his 90th birthday, he hosted a meeting with his two favourite modern players, Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar, but he was not seen in his familiar place at the Adelaide Oval again. Bradman was Hospitalised with pneumonia in December 2000, he returned home in the New Year and died there on 25 February 2001, aged 92.

A memorial service marking Bradman’s life was held on 25 March 2001 at St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, Adelaide. Former and current Test cricketers, as well as Australia’s then prime minister, John Howard, leader of the opposition Kim Beazley and former prime minister Bob Hawke, attended the memorial. Eulogies and Tributes were given by Richie Benaud and Governor-General Sir William Deane. The service was aired live on ABC Television to a viewing audience of 1.45 million. A private service for family and friends was earlier held at the Centennial Park Cemetery in the suburb of Pasadena, with many people lining both Greenhill and Goodwood Roads to pay their respects as his funeral motorcade passed.

Sir Donald Bradman Wife (Jessie Martha Menzies)

Bradman first met the love of his life, Jessie Martha Menzies in 1920 when she boarded with his family, to be closer to school in Bowral. The couple married at St Paul’s Anglican Church at Burwood, Sydney on 30 April 1932. Bradman described her wife of 65-year as “shrewd, reliable, selfless, and above all, uncomplicated…she was the perfect foil to his concentrated, and occasionally mercurial character”.He paid tribute to his wife numerous times, once saying succinctly, “I would never have achieved what I achieved without Jessie.”

Sir Donald Bradman Family

The Bradmans lived in the same modest, suburban house in Holden Street, Kensington Park in Adelaide for all but the first three years of their married life. Their first-born son died as an infant in 1936, their second son, John (born in 1939) contracted polio, and their daughter, Shirley, born in 1941, had cerebral palsy from birth. His family name proved a burden for John Bradman; he legally changed his last name to Bradsen in 1972. Although claims were made that he became estranged from his father, it was more a matter of “the pair inhabiting different worlds”. After the cricketer’s death, a collection of personal letters written by Bradman to his close friend Rohan Rivett between 1953 and 1977 was released and gave researchers new insights into Bradman’s family life, including the strain between father and son.

Bradman’s reclusiveness in later life is partly attributable to the ongoing health problems of his wife, particularly following the open-heart surgery Jessie underwent in her 60s. Jessie Martha Menzies died in 1997, aged 88, from cancer. The death of his wife had a dispiriting effect on Bradman, but the relationship with his son improved, to the extent that John resolved to change his name back to Bradman. Since his father’s death, John Bradman has become the spokesperson for the family and has been involved in defending the Bradman legacy in some disputes. The relationship between Bradman and his wider family was complicated. Nine months after Bradman’s death, his nephew Paul Bradman criticised him as a “snob” and a “loner” who forgot his connections in Bowral and who failed to attend the funerals of Paul’s mother and father.

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